I have been looking for a new NIV reference bible that I can travel with yet still use in the pulpit, and after four months use this does seem to be a great purchase. It is a very handy size with a good concordance/reference system, yet still readable. It also lies flat straight out of the box! I had toyed with purchasing a Cambridge Pitt Minion, but the price of this and the slightly larger font size persuaded me. The cover is a slightly cheap bonded leather which is already wearing, and the gilding is also flaking, but the binding seems durable and hopefully it will last for a few years. If only it were available in real leather and with anglicised spelling!